Lisa Bilbrey: Journey Collection Cover Reveal

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Cover Reveal of Journey Collection by Lisa Bilbrey/used with permission

With the final novella of Lisa Bilbrey’s Journey Collection released earlier this month, all four romance stories have been released in a collection.

Bilbrey, mother of three, has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996. In late 2011 she joined Michele Richard and Laura Braley and opened Renaissance Romance Publishing.

Bilbrey said she started writing as a way to express herself, and from the first word she wrote she found her heart and soul.

The Journey Collection is the story of Travis McCoy’s life as a high school football star on a journey of love and self-discovery.

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Journey Collection summaries (by Lisa Bilbrey, reposted with permission)

The Journey Home

The Sharks’ star quarterback, Travis McCoy has it all, until an injury ends his season early. When he receives an invitation to attend the big homecoming game from his alma mater, Travis decides it’s time to face his past. The journey home sends Travis down a path that he never expects. Will he be able to come to grips when everything around him is spiraling out of control?

The Journey of Champions

Travis McCoy thought the journey home would be the hardest choice he ever had to make. It isn’t until he finds himself walking out the door and leaving his family behind that he realizes his journey is only just beginning. Now, with only a handful of weeks until Christmas, Travis tries to find his way back home. This time, he plans on staying forever.

The Journey to Forever

Finally back in the warm embrace of his family, Travis McCoy relishes every moment he gets to spend with his wife and son. After almost losing them due to his own selfishness, he makes the decision to never let go of his family again. With his plan set in motion, Travis, Penelope, and Max start a new journey, one that leads them to forever.

The Journey to a New Life

Travis McCoy’s journey has led him down a road of changes where he found the love of his life and their child. Travis, Penelope, and Max have struggled during their time apart, found their way back home, and finally tied their lives together as a family. Now, Penelope and Travis find themselves on a new journey, one that leads them to the greatest gift of all.

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Debut novel “My Mr. Manny” wins Sept 2013 prize

first place award for Mrs Condit & Friends

copyright Mrs. Condit & Friends/used with permission

When Jennifer Garcia’s “My Mr. Manny” released back on August 27th, she had no idea that within one month her debut novel would win a first place writing award from popular review site, Mrs. Condit and Friends Reads Books.

But that’s just what happened. Garcia, whose only other published work is “In My Mother’s Footsteps,” a novella which released in July under a pseudonym, won the blog’s General Romance Author of the Month award.

“It was unexpected and very surprising,” Garcia said in an email. “I found out that I was even in the running for it at the end of the day and voting was almost over.” She rallied support from friends, family and loyal readers and in the end, emerged the victor.

“My Mr. Manny is one of those books you can’t put down once you’ve started it,” said Becky Condit, of Mrs. Condit & Friends Reads Books, the site awarding the prize. “It is a carefully written book with well developed characters and a smoothly flowing plot. It is obvious that Jennifer has many devoted fans and they were kind enough to turn out to vote.”

Condit explained how the prize was awarded. “Our motto is, ‘We review the books, you select the winner,'” Condit said. All books that receive five sweet peas (the blog’s version of stars) each month are contenders for the prize, she explained. The site is comprised of 11 reviewers, including Condit herself. Typically the blog favors romance novels, but Condit said she and her friends will read and review almost anything – including a vegan cookbook up for review this fall.

Books earning their five sweet peas are nominated for the blog’s monthly award. Condit explained that the site hosts the poll the first week of the month that immediately follows the reviews – so books reviewed now in October will be up for the award in November. Blog visitors, readers, friends, family and fans can vote for their favorite reads during that first week.

Condit said she and her reviewers read over 1,000 books a year. She started Mrs. Condit & Friends Reads Books just two years ago, “when I noticed that many reviews on the Internet tended to be unkind in tone, what some would call ‘snarky,'” Condit said.

“All reviews are honest, but never cruel or disparaging,” Condit said, adding that her site has grown steadily in support – both in reviewers and readers.

“If we feel a book has flaws we’ll point them out and rate the book accordingly but in a polite way with as positive a tone as possible to benefit those who may be considering the purchase of a book,” Condit said.

But Condit didn’t have any issue with “My Mr. Manny,” Garcia’s winning title. She wrote in her review:

“What a delightful story! My Mr. Manny is full of people to love and identify with from beginning to end. When insta-love occurs I was actually happy for the couple rather than objecting to an often over-used trope. Jennifer Garcia knows just how to give it that little kick to update it and make me want it for myself.”

Garcia said she was grateful for the award. “I’m just grateful and appreciative to all who voted for me,” she said.

For the rest of Mrs. Condit’s review of Jennifer Garcia’s “My Mr. Manny,” please visit her review.

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One Story Slinger loves to get to know the authors behind the words, the faces behind the stories. Here are some fave facts about Jennifer Garcia, author of “My Mr. Manny.”

Fun & Fast Faves

Fave Food: Pasta

Fave Color: Red

Fave Movie: The Notebook

Fave Book (not written by you): The Shoemaker’s Wife

Fave Quote: Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”

If you could live as a character for a week, who would you pick? Elizabeth Bennett-Darcy, after she was married of course.

For more information about Jennifer Garcia and her book, please visit her website: http://jenniferfgarcia.com/the-books/my-mr-manny/

Burn by Brooke Cumberland Releases Today; Sign up for Giveaway

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“Burn” by Brooke Cumberland

“Burn” by Brooke Cumberland is the second book in the SPARK series, and released on 10/1/13. “Spark,” the first book in the series, released back in July to rave reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers said they enjoyed the fast-paced read.
Synopsis
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Just when Velaney thinks she is safe again…her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her.
Eric is dealing with his own insecurities as he tries to accept Velaney’s decision to help the enemy…can he get past it? Will they be there for each other in the end?
Eric struggles to step aside and trust Velaney…but will his past keep him from doing so? Can he let go in order to move forward?
Velaney and Eric had their fair share of ups and downs in SPARK…their love was undeniable and intense. Just when you think they could get their happily ever after…pasts collide and merge together…will they fight for what they want?
Or will their love crash and burn?
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Brooke Cumberland – Author of Burn (release date 10/1/13)

About the Author
Brooke Cumberland is a Mid-Western gal, from Wisconsin. (Go Packers!) She’s a stay-at-home mom of three children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black furry dog. She studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school. It’s here Cumberland found her love for writing.
Most days Cumberland is reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family. She loves movies, cooking, and shopping. She’s addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants.
Connect with Brooke Cumberland
Twitter @blcumberland
Places to Purchase “Spark” by Brooke Cumberland
(#1 in Spark Series; “Burn” is the second release)
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Journey through Love: Lisa Bilbrey releases fourth novella of collection

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“Journey to a New Life” cover/copyrighted by Lisa Bilbrey/used with permission

Lisa Bilbrey, author of The Journey Collection, believes in the power of love – and that love will conquer all.

“Life isn’t easy,” Bilbrey said. “But if you hold onto the ones you love, let them help you through the dark times, the journey will mean something.”

This is the central theme of Bilbrey’s recently-released novella and  the fourth in her series, The Journey Collection. Each book focuses on the main character, Travis, a former football star who has to let go of his dreams following an injury.

The Journey Home opens the series and introduces readers to Travis, who returns home to figure out the meaning of his life. “He finds a part of himself there and can’t let it go,” Bilbrey explained.

The second book, The Journey of Champions, finds Travis questioning his decisions in life and longing to return home to his family. In Journey to Forever, Travis settles into a new life with his betrothed and a new job coaching high school football.

Her latest book, Journey to a New Life, finds Travis and his now wife expecting their first child. The decisions he made as an 18-year-old impact his life in ways he may not have expected.

“For me, The Journey Collection is more than just a romance series,” Bilbrey said. “But the story of a man who is broken and finds his way back home, and finds the happiness he never knew he wanted. It’s a collection about hope, love, and family.”

Bilbrey sets the collection in Clarendon, Texas – where she lives, and where football is a way of life for many boys with two practices each day. “When game starts, the community nearly shuts down and everyone converges into the stands of the field to cheer our boys on,” Bilbrey said.

Her teenaged son is one of those boys: “football is his life,” she said.

“When the storyline hit me, I knew I wanted to write about the Texas boy who found himself on the cusp of everything, just to have to return home — where he belongs,” Bilbrey said.

Journey to a New Life is Bilbrey’s ninth release. She has written four other novellas as part of the Renaissance Romance Publishing’s Candy Collection: Life’s Unexpected Gifts, A Season of Change, The Apartment (penned as B.F. Betty), and Broken Hearts & Dusty Dreams. She also has a paranormal romance novella, Angel’s Heart: The Keeper.

For more information about Bilbrey and her books, visit her websites: Lisa Bilbrey, author, on Facebook or About Me: Lisa Bilbrey.

Places to purchase any of her novellas are listed after Fun Faves.

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Here at One Story Slinger, we like to get to know the authors behind the stories. Here are some fun facts about Lisa Bilbrey, Featured Author for Sept. 25, 2013:

     Fun Faves about Lisa Bilbrey, author of The Journey Collection
Song: The Story by Brandi Carlile
Color: Red
Food: Sunflower seeds
Book: Wishing Cotton by Elizabeth M. Lawrence
Movie: Newsies

     Random Fun Fact: Lisa Bilbrey has a twin sister! When the twins were 19, her sister had to have her appendix removed. During the tissue biopsy, doctors found evidence of a possible third baby. To this day, Lisa’s family teases her sister about “eating” the potential triplet, and jokes that Lisa was lucky to get out alive! 🙂

Where to Purchase Lisa Bilbrey’s books
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Bilbrey/e/B0073U40XI

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lisa-bilbrey

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lisa-bilbrey/id541806230?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-journey-to-a-new-life

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/352125

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